Monday, May 25, 2015

Abby Is Here!

We have a new granddaughter, Abigail (Abby), was born here in Rockford, IL, to daughter Sarah and here husband, Michael.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Release Announcement – Captain Jack’s Treasure

Late last year, the publisher of my
Sam Cooper Adventure Series informed me they would no longer be publishing books.
That’s the bad news.
The good news is the series is being picked up by Elk Lake Publishing.

Captain Jack’s Treasure is book #2 in the Sam Cooper Adventure Series for middle grade readers - 6 books will be released in this series.

Captain Jack’s Treasure

            Sam Cooper lives right near the ocean, on the Treasure Coast of Florida. All he’s ever heard about since he moved here were the fabulous treasures that have been found, and those still waiting to be discovered.
          For his birthday, he received the gift of his dreams. It’s the latest, top-of-the-line, metal detector. Along with his friends, Tony, and Tyler, all are convinced that they will be the ones to dig up the next great find.
          They meet a crusty sea captain named Jack. He’s fixing up an impossible looking old tub. The boys believe it’s going to be used to search for treasure at sea. They get permission from their parents to help with the restoration job in the hopes that Captain Jack will share his wealth.
          When Sam’s father nearly dies, from a heart attack, the true values of life take on new importance and meaning.
          What is Captain Jack’s mysterious secret? And what is he really planning to do with that boat?
          Readers will gain a new appreciation for family, they will learn about the dangers of greed, and oh the stories Captain Jack can tell.

Available in print and eBook

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Lost Island Smugglers released by Elk Lake Publishing

Release Announcement – Lost Island Smugglers
Late last year, the publisher of my Sam Cooper Adventure Series, informed me they would no longer be publishing books.

That’s the bad news.

The good news is, Elk Lake Publishing has picked up the series and now released the first book.
Lost Island Smugglers is book #1 in the Sam Cooper Adventure Series for middle grade readers - 6 books will be released in this series.

Lost Island Smugglers

          Sam Cooper had only recently moved to Florida when he met Tony at his new church. Tony’s father owned a marina.
          Sam, Tony, and Tyler took scuba lessons together. Tony got them in for free. After they completed the course, the boys decided to try out their new skills in the real world…the ocean. The only problem was, none of them had permission.
          While Tony’s father was away on a buying trip, the boys took one of the rental sailboats out for their diving adventure. Everything went well until the biggest storm Tony had ever seen, blew up from out of nowhere. Their boat was smashed to splinters and the boys found themselves stranded on Lost Island.
          But, if they thought the worst had happened, they were wrong. The boys discovered a secret hideout that was used by drug runners in high powered speedboats.
          Sam and his friends had to find a way to stop them, but how? And, even if they could, what were they going to tell their parents when they got home?

Available in print and eBook.

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

BLOG OF THE MONTH at Book Fun Magazine

This site was just voted BLOG OF THE MONTH at Book Fun Magazine.

Find out more about this excellent magazine, and read an article about my books at

Saturday, May 02, 2015

Special Announcement from Chestnut Publishing Group

Chestnut Publishing is very excited to announce that we will soon be publishing Max Elliot Andersons' short stories for children which will be co-authored by Larry Swartz. Max's short stories collection titled "Tree Forts, Pigtails, Pollywogs and More” contains seventeen short stories that young readers are sure to love. Larry Swartz, who is an instructor in literacy as well as dramatic arts at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto will provide Response Activities that connect to current curriculum outcomes for each of Max's titles. A Discussion Guide as well as suggested reading, writing, talk, arts, media and technology activities are designed to help students reveal and build understanding of Max Anderson's books.
As well, we will be soon publishing 6 stand-alone books of Max Elliot Andersons’ titled “Forest of Fear”, “Midnight Shadows”, “Rail Yard Bandits”, “The House Next Door”, “The Secret Tunnel”, and “The Third House on the Left”.
We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund for our publishing activities.

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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Middle Grade Book Trailers

One of the many elements provided to help promote my middle grade action adventures & mysteries, I've produced a number of video book trailers.
Catch all the excitement and see what young readers are talking about.

The Accidental Adventures - Coming July 2015
River Rampage
Legend of The White Wolf
Lost Island Smugglers
North Woods Poachers
Captain Jack's Treasure
When The Lights Go Out
Barney And The Runaway

Comments always welcome.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Back to Writing Again

I’m almost fully recovered from hernia surgery. I knew I had one obvious spot but my surgeon thought the other side might need fixing, too. We had agreed on laparoscopic surgery in order not to have another big opening like I had for a burst appendix in October.

Surgery was on Monday, March 30, and it took 3 ½ hours. That’s because, once inside, there were four hernia patches that needed repair. So I got worked over pretty well. And with all the smaller incisions, to make openings for the robot’s several instrument and camera needs, I look more like the loser in a knife fight.

The surgery was out-patient and went well. I did have pain for several days, but it was manageable. Couldn’t sit at the computer very long, so work had to stop.

Then, on April 8, I had my surgeon follow up office visit. He said I was progressing well and cleared me to get back to all normal activity by today.

Since we had such powerful storms in Northern Illinois a couple of days ago, I went out yesterday to clear lots of broken, downed branches.
And I’[m able to return to looking after our granddaughter Olivia a few days each week

Today It's back to work on book #5 in the Sam Cooper Adventure Series. Six books are planned and those will start coming out in July from Elk Lake Publishing. New covers, details, and other information will follow on this blog as the projects develop.